What we offer
Ashtanga Yoga Hong Kong is committed to advancing traditional yoga practices in our region. We serve to educate and instruct in the tradition of Shri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the modern Ashtanga system. We also support any and all traditional and authentic yogic practices without allegiance to any particular business or school.
This site is a project of Stillness In Action HK.
Who we are
Dylan Bernstein is the founder of Stillness In Action and lead teacher of Ashtanga Yoga Hong Kong.
Dylan was fortunate enough to be introduced to yoga and meditation in 1988. These essential tools helped him negotiate the turbulent seas of his teens and twenties. Then Ashtanga Yoga discovered Dylan at the end of his first year in India. He has maintained a daily practice ever since.
A lifelong interest in Asian philosophy, culture and poetics brought him to reside in Asia, where he has maintained his home base since 2001. He has learned immensely both by traveling widely and by living in Vietnam, India and, since 2009, Hong Kong.
In addition to time spent in Mysore with Guruji, Saraswati and Sharath Jois, Dylan has been blessed to connect with other dear senior teachers from the Ashtanga lineage. He has worked diligently with Prem and Radha Carlisi at Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center, where he is honoured to substitute teach for them each Summer and New Year Holiday. He has also been shaped by studying under Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Tim Miller, Clayton Horton, Richard Freeman, Kristina Karitinou Ireland, Casey J Palmer, Vijay Amar and Cliff Barber. Times spent working and residing in the monasteries of Venerable Thích Huyền Diệu have also proven immensely insightful.
Dylan has taught on four continents and continues to be influenced by many other teachers and diverse traditions. Perhaps his primary inspiration has become his dynamic and inquisitive students. He is forever indebted to all the teachers, students and fellow practitioners who have helped him along the way.
Dylan holds a Master's Degree in Buddhist Studies, has been authorised to teach Ashtanga by the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute and also has an EYRT 500 thingy, the highest certification available from Yoga Alliance.
Yoga differs from many philosophies in that yoga involves actual dedicated practice. Recently, yogic practices have been simplified and commodified for enjoyment by the masses and marketeers alike. Never before has yoga reached so many people on Earth! Nevertheless, hidden beneath the surface, genuine traditional practice, sādhana, is readily available to the willing student.
The tradition of Ashtanga Yoga was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900′s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927. Read more.
To develop and refine your yoga practice, consider private instruction from AYHK, attending an AYHK event or contacting a local studio that offers Mysore-style classes.
Traditional yoga practice has always been built upon a solid bedrock of ethical practices to guide the students and especially the teachers. Without a firm commitment to such principles, we oft see yoga teachers and practice communities go astray. In the interests of clarity, transparency and to lead by example, our guiding lights will be offered here. As of today, this work is still in progress so please accept that these will evolve in the immediate future.
-- AYHK does not favor any particular school or yoga center but instead acts as a support to students and practitioners, both locally and abroad.
-- AYHK believes that genuine yoga practice leads towards the subtle. We do not emphasize the physical practice as the highest priority.
-- AYHK does not aim to sell nor promote any goods or materials. There are plenty of other organizations with that mission.
-- AYHK does not glorify asana through the use of alluring photos.
-- AYHK allows for all voices to be heard and does not discriminate upon any, even those who may disagree with these principles.